"whatever existence has a beginning, and therefore has an end."
You just quoted The Matrix Revolutions!
I voted Health & Longevity, but that's not truly correct either. I'd love to have the hearing (acutity and no tinnitus) that I had when I was 10. I'd love to be able to lose weight like back then just by eating carefully, and how quickly excersize paid off.
Longevity is for crap. Quality over quantity. If I could have perfect health until whatever age and then just fall over dead, great, even if it's shorter than average.
When you're in really bad health even the best intentioned family members don't visit as often at the nursing home. When you're still funny and can hand advice when it's asked for they'll visit more often.
The other poster was right, contribution is also important. Some things are very clear cut. Example: For $240 you can cure someone of leprosy. Somewhere out in the world are people I helped cure, without being a doctor. I will never know them and they will never know me, and that's OK. I did not cure them, but I set the wheels in motion. Pretty neat.
I also would like my own family, kids, pets, and a large odd shaped room devoted to stereo heated with lots of glowing vacuum tubes, orange, purple, but no flames.
And then there's chocolate.
I am not comfortable with the H word, as I've always pictured Hedonism as pure excess. I think you can enjoy food without being a hedonist, otherwise wouldn't religon limit people to gruel? And since I am heading in that direction don't many religious eating rules seemed to be geared towards good health?
I suspect that many older people who want less are not becoming more enlighted. Many are, but not all. I suspect many older people lose interest in life gradually and they slowly spend more time and energy simply dealing with pain.
People who put money and political ideology ahead of truth and ethics are neither patriots nor human beings.